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Happiness Highlights: Where my Heart Is

I went to New York City this week for a couple days to attend a writing conference. The content was useful and the conversations meaningful. I got to spend a night in a suite at The Ritz-Carlton Central Park and … Continue reading

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Happiness Highlights: Homesick Edition

Last week was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for us. We said goodbye to friends in Pittsburgh, discovered the hidden beauty of Hocking Hills, Ohio, met up with family in central Indiana, then said goodbye to family through … Continue reading

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3 Things We Should Learn from the Honey Badger

Jared and I have recently begun referring to my daughter Emma as a honey badger. We mean it mostly as a compliment, although one only understood by YouTube or Wild Kratts fans. Fortunately, Emma is well-versed in the abilities of … Continue reading

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What We Learned the First Week on the Road

We pulled into the Lofton Creek Campground along East State Road 200 in Yulee, Florida on Friday night, determined to make the best of our detour. Five days (and so. much. money.) later, we are finally back on the road … Continue reading

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What I Learned When Emma Turned Six

In August of 2007, Jared and the kids and I loaded everything we owned into a U-Haul truck and a Chevy Trailblazer and drove away from everything we’d ever known about home. We moved from Parkersburg, Iowa to Central Florida, … Continue reading

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Go Climb A Lighthouse

Emma and I climbed a lighthouse last night. You should do that. Let me back up. We had to drop Devin off at recorder practice (yes, that’s a thing) at an elementary school about 30 minutes away from our house. … Continue reading

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Current Events: Halloween

A few weeks ago, a little thing called Halloween happened.  Maybe you heard about it. Where we live, Halloween happens on the last day of October.  And by happens, I mean is celebrated and by is celebrated I mean trick-or-treating … Continue reading

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Daily Photo: Summers Past

We took this photo on our very first trip to Daytona Beach right after we moved here. In 2007. Basically, she was barely older than a fetus.

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In which I realize I don’t know my kid at all.

“And now I’m going to show you where I have music!” Emma ran off ahead of us down the sidewalk corridor that joins the classrooms at her Florida elementary.  Jared and I are still in awe of the strip mall … Continue reading

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A little game of What The Hell Happened?

Let’s play a game. We’ll call it “What in the hell happened here?” This is a photo I snapped of my kitchen pantry after the kids had left for school yesterday morning.   Everything look normal? Look again.   Aaaand … Continue reading

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